Review: Man like Agro adds more fuel to his album fire with a whole collection of instrumentals for your creative pleasure. Already out as a largely vocal-led album, and received warmly as something of a celebration of MC culture, here come the flips as Agro lifts the bonnet for all to see. 'I Get Gully' is a brand new original while 'Bad From Morning' originally featured Flowdan but is now completely stripped back for the world to see. Elsewhere other highlights include the sexy bassline wriggles of 'Everybody Down', the tension and tearing fury of 'War' (with Dreadnaught) and the off-the-wall bassine bubbles of 'Hit You Like A Creeper'. Vibes from morning.
Review: International bass music label Liondub presents the second single taken from DJ Hybrid's forthcoming full length LP titled Diary Of An Everyday Junglist. The full LP has been lovingly crafted by him over the last two years, and features a stunning array of collaborators. The single in question is titled "Diggin Through The Archives" where the Coventry-based producer serves up the main mix, which is an old school flavoured junglist roller featuring the talented Taja on the mic, followed by a handy instrumental version. As a bonus, you are also treated to the emotive darkside stepper "No Way" (2021 remix) calling to mind classic Marcus Intalex.
Review: As selected personally by label bossman Break himself, Symmetry Selects is an exciting new talent collection that crosses the full vibe and D&B flavour spectrum. 12 tracks deep, the album takes off where the inaugural edition left us back in 2018 as a whole range of acts vie for our attention with their fine-tuned grooves. Highlights include the thundering subby hammer-out 'Coppola' by newcomer Boycot, Siloh's soul hurricane 'Fields Of Green', Reflektor and Leo Wood's beautiful cosmic stepper 'Slow It Down' and Funkware's curmudgeonly grizzle fest 'Tarantula'. Seleccy!!
Review: Harley D rides into Timeless Audio with the Movements EPs that boldly takes off with the orchestral R&B crescendos of its title track that so brilliantly drops into a wickedly stripped-back groove. With some jungle rhythms paying homage to the night lights of the UK' capital in "London", something shuffling, stepped-up and punctuated hits the spot in "You Are Now Free To Move". Dope. Higher tempo UKG energy steps up in "The Way Your Moving" for a more soulful number with sweet vocals to boot next to the disjointed beat scene vibe of "Down" - think Flying Lotus 'Tea Leaf Dreaming" - drum and bass style. And for the more hardcore heads out there, get you subtle tear out throwback from "Free". Ride baby, Ride.
Review: DJ Hybrid continues doing bits for the scene as he lays down this massive 31 track selection on Deep In The Jungle. Reflecting exactly where the mother genre is at right now in 2021, he's dug deep for a whole range of flavours, including a few cheeky exclusives. Every track is a banger but you'd be mad not to check Crom and Rider Shafique's theatrical slap-about 'Change', Xav's mind-blowing shock-out '1993', Mrs Magoo & DJ Hybrid's stripped-back and purring 'Back To 96' and the absolutely foul behaviour of Kumarachi & Epicentre with 'Patterns'. Trust us, this isn't even the tip of this jungle iceberg - cop it and bop it!
Review: Rip up your periodic tables. Smash up your chemistry sets. Turn every Bunsen burner you have into a classy pipe. Vibe Chemistry is here and he's got the real science right here. Soulful with just a touch of darkness, each cut is a lesson: 'Balling' bounces with a Serum style sense of fun with cool bars from an unnamed northern MC, 'Gravity' is a big lighter raiser with full-on soulful harmonies while 'Piece Of Me' is one of those sweet bubbly vocal cuts that work perfectly early doors at a festival while the crowd are finding their groove. Elementary.
Review: Fire in the hole! For the first time in 23 years, Future Cut & Marcus Intalex's 'Plastic' gets a revisit. A historic record that dates back to one of Future Cut's first ever releases (Three The Hard Way on Renegade Hardware) and it's from two exceptional Seattle talents - Quadrant & Iris. The perfect candidates for such an operation; that classic late 90s / early 2000s Hardware/Quarantine vibe is in the duo's DNA and they absolutely smash it. Proceeds go to the Marcus Intalex Music Foundation.
Review: Following up some impressive releases by the likes of Euphonique, Xav and Bruk, UK drum and bass label Audio Addict returns with this intense offering by Akas aka Steve Wise. It is titled Reset and features the euphoric liquid drum and bass vibe of the title track, "2 Many Times" is a more emotive number nails that Marcus Intalex vibe of old, while things take a much darker turn on "Fall Out" (a collaboration with Ovadose) and finally going out all guns blazing on the snarling techstep of "Here We Go".
Review: Dance Concept boss Benny V teams up again with DJ Uniques, he of Hustlin Beats and Venomous Musik fame, for another serving of killer drum and bass on "Who's Ready". This one is a proper jump-up throwdown featuring the one and only MC Fearless (six time best crowd hype MC winner) on the mic, while you have a proper roller - old school style - on the tough one "Renegade Style" and things get pretty wonky on the darkside stepper "Flash Your Lighter". Some proper breakbeat science to be enjoyed on this offering.
Review: The super prolific Master Error returns with more masterplans, this time on Gradient. As the title suggests, there's a strong game of balance here as we veer and steer between bonkers and pure grot. On the bonkers side we have scatty riffs like that of 'Just A Game', the much deeper, twisted faraway soul of 'Need You' while on the grot side we have the disgusting title track, the rusty Cortina starter engine funk of 'Why Waste Time' (with Flint), the laser blazing craziness of 'Who You Messin With' (with Gino) and the corroded toot toots of 'Magenta'. Terroriffic.
Review: While many folk went and got a dog during lockdown, yung Teezy here went and made his own 'Puppy'. Much cleaner than a mutt that bites all your furniture and makes a mess everywhere, this puppy growls softly and jumps buoyantly over the chiselled beats. There are plenty more dogs in the kennel, too; 'Denial' is a sleek Doberman of a tune, all pointy, pacy and tense, 'Heaven' is a golden retriever, all sweet when it wants to be but deep down a working dog , 'Bass In Ya Head' is a loyal staffy, all bubbly and up for mischief while 'Acknowledge' is a Dachshund, all snake like and with a bassine that yaps away cheerily before 'Rolling Deep' roars in like a rottweiler, all beefy and bulky but doesn't have to say much to make its presence know. You gonna bark all day little doggy?
Review: Just like when you put a shell to your ear and hear the sea, if you put one of these 'Shellerz' to your ear it will actually slap your nan. True story. Just ask the Born On Road crew. Coming out the lockdown locker with a whole stack of new-gen banger craft, this is the first in a series and the name says it all; yung Toxinate will shell your chubby cheeks with his junglized 'Bumbaclart Wobbles', J Select will shell your grey matter as he rolls you up and sparks you alight with 'Skunked', 4K will shell your bare hide with the outstanding bassline and surging harmonic MC vocals of 'Murda Ross' while Toby Ross will shell your soul and make your bones rumble with 'Respect'. Get shelled soon.
Review: Shake what your momma gave ya! Shake your booty to the well-tamed but still vicious vibes on Addicted's addition to Liondub International's long-standing new-talent breaking Street Series. Shake your head at the breathlessness and techno elements of 'You Got', shake your first in the air at how ruff and stampy 'Let It' (with Warhead) is, shake your feet to the bubbly, swampy groove of 'Bop', shake your braincells to the ridiculous roughage of the bassline on 'With You' (with Tee). Wake and 'Shake'.
Review: Calling all scallys! Calling all wags!! Kleu and MC-du-jour Deefa link up for this raucous collaborative fourpiece. The highlight for many will be '7 Days Straight' where Deefa reads our post-lockdown, rave-hungry minds and says it like it is, but every track is a scorcher; 'Scallywag' is a dark, moody slice of tension, 'Ronin' is pure drama and tension while 'Merlin' is pure black magic as the bassline swathes up and down like a bewitched chainsaw. Lets make up for lost time.
Review: From Toronto to NYC, Dungeon Kru land on Liondub International once again with another trove of gully treats. Five tracks, five completely different takes on the stripped-back minimal sound. Highlights include the hardcore-influenced pitched vocal pace and late 90s Full Cycle style bassline stamps of 'Loaded', the space ping-pong trippiness off 'Everytime', the ominous hollow bass tones and a theatre of 'Seriously' and the awesome twisted vocal and off-beat funk of 'Exactly'. Premier Kru.
Review: Brazilian badman Critycal Dub touches down on DJ Hybrid's Deep In The Jungle with four slices of Latin dnb fire. 'Jungle Rock' opens the show with the emphatic David Boomah-style vocals of Yush before things take a darker turn; 'Recovery' skips with vital rave energy, 'Must Remember' hits with a much heavier, sterner edge thanks to Madrush's stern bars, 'Nuff Talkin' slaps us silly with some expertly finessed drums. FInally 'Serial Killa' closes the show a cheeky, quite theatrical twist. Murderation never sounded so sweet.
Review: Bristol by way of Oxford's Computer Integrated Audio return with their latest cache of drum and bass weapons, courtesy of label heads Total Science whose track "Fallen Angel" receives a techy and rolling dose of restrained fury by Leonardo de Jesus Silva aka L-Side. This also happens to be his debut CIA Records release. The next execution comes directly from the Brazilian hot shot himself in the form of the darkly dystopian and atmospheric stepper "Untouchable" which is reminiscent of classic No U Turn or Virus material from back in the day. Serious!
Review: Just when you thought Sl8r couldn't get any funkier, and Slay couldn't get even sharper, along comes 'Danger' and it's naughtier than ever red light district in Europe combined. Straight up rudeboy rudiments; shoulder rolling juicy funk with such natural bars, 'Danger' is a summer anthem in waiting. And if that's not quite enough badman sass along comes Chimpo and joins the pair for another jazzy, light-footed-but-heavy-bellied bumper 'Falling'. Pure juice!
Review: Celebrating the fact that many of us have come out of lockdown with a few extra pounds of Terry, Formula salutes the phatter folk of the land with this obese six-track EP on Bagged & Tagged. Flavours ranging from the chubby sci-fi bass lasers of 'Double Crossed' to the porky sub wobbles and heavy stench of 'Hoofs' via the blubbery off-beat savageness of 'Phat Man', there's plenty of weight to move us back on the floor this summer and shed some pounds. Comes complete with the chubby 'Neck Back' with Diligent Fingers. Fat.
Review: Berlin banger man Smuggler pinches our souls and takes them across state lines with this exceptional collection on Liondub International's coveted Street Series. You all know the drill here; a generous collection of dancefloor blaze-ups from an exciting new gen artist with no holds barred and a full reflection of where they're at musically. With the breezy emotional euphoria of 'Cherry Blossoms', the despicably ruff funk of 'Some Ain't Right' and the high voltage sizzles and wonky slaps of the finale 'Can't Help It', it's safe to say Smuggler's definitely delivered. And that's only half of the collection. Let's hit the streets once again.
Review: Established in 2011, High R8 Digital is a Milton Keynes based drum and bass label, aiming to bring you quality tracks from producers around the world. Their next release is the debut of Amplify, with a massive six track EP titled Enemy Of The State featuring collaborations with some esteemed label staples. The title track is the gnarliest, sci-fi inspired techstep we have heard this side of Ed Rush & Optical, while the dark and stripped back stepper "Boss" is another original track, and "Optimal" sees him team up with Master Error. On the particularly impressive roller "Depth" he buddies up with Clarkey.
Review: Jungle Cakes shake us and bake us once again as label owners Deekline and Ed Solo lure long time friend Benny Page into their lair for this incredible 58 track collection. Created as a mix but all tunes available for your own persy armouries, as always with the 'Welcome To The Jungle' series, we're treated to sounds and styles across the entire dnb spectrum. Expected everything ranging from Benny's own bubblers to more dancefloor styles such as Blaine Stranger's 'Dragon' and Octo-Pi's 'This Sound' via rugged jump-up uppercuts such as Lockerz 'The Funk', crucial jungle licks like Exposure's remix of DeJay's 'St Paul's Jammin' and pure futurism like Filip Motovunski's 'Ninja'. And this isn't even the tip of the jungle iceberg here, there's so much to digest here. Huge.